5 strategies for making funeral arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic

Grieving the loss of a loved one during the fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. It may be difficult for people to make decisions about how to safely grieve and honor their loved one.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has some guidelines for individuals and families as they work with funeral directors, community and religious leaders, and others to plan and hold funeral services and visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are five strategies to protect yourself and others when making funeral arrangements and participating in funeral services and visitations:
1. Use technology to connect virtually with family and friends during the grieving process.
2. Consider modifying funeral arrangements, such as limiting attendance at funerals held shortly after the time of death to a small number of immediate family members and friends; and then holding additional memorial services when social distancing guidelines are less restrictive.
3. Practice social distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet between attendees, facility staff, and clergy or officiants when small, in-person services are held.
4. Consider modifications to funeral rites and rituals (for example, avoid touching the deceased person’s body or personal belongings or other ceremonial objects) to make sure of everyone’s safety.
5. Wear cloth face coverings while around others and outside of your home.
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